Dr. Jolene Bowman Named President of NIEA

Dr. Jolene Bowman, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Vice President and WIEA Board Member to be sworn-in as NIEA President
Swearing in to take place on Saturday, October 7th at 48th Annual National Indian Education Association Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, FL

ORLANDO, FL – After waiting nearly a year to take her seat as the board president of the National Indian Education Association, Dr. Jolene Bowman will officially take the reigns this afternoon when she is sworn-in at the organization’s 48th Annual Convention & Trade Show at the Caribe Royal Orlando Hotel and Convention Center.

Dr. Bowman brings with her a strong presence and solid understanding of the issues facing American Indian students and communities. Hailing from the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin, where she serves as the tribe’s governing board Vice President, Bowman has long been a proponent of widening the educational opportunities of American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

“I plan to use my new position to advocate for Indian education and Native students by getting in the know about the particular subject or issue students may be experiencing,” said Bowman. “I not only want to work through those challenges but also celebrate the accomplishments of our people.”

Bowman was elected president at last year’s NIEA convention held in Reno, NV. and has spent the last year building momentum for her new post through her work as both secretary for the organization and board member of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association.

WIEA president Brian Jackson says he’s excited to see the impact Bowman will have on Indian education in Wisconsin and across the nation.

“I’m confident Dr. Bowman will continue NIEA’s efforts to increase educational opportunities for Native students everywhere,” said Jackson. “Women are the backbone of our Native communities. She has a strong sense of identity and has demonstrated her ability to lead through her previous successes working in tribal communities,” added Jackson, who traveled to Orlando in support of Bowman and Wisconsin Indian education.

One of Bowman’s first orders of business as NIEA president will be to address the growing funding needs of Indian education at the federal level.

“NIEA is the only organization that is exclusively working on behalf of native students to ensure that our trust responsibility is being upheld,” said Bowman, referring to the federal government’s treaty and trust responsibility to American Indian tribes.

“In the current context, Indian education was under attack in the last (federal) budget and NIEA will continue to work diligently to ensure our Native schools and Native student populations are funded,” Bowman added.

Bowman will serve a one (1) year term as board president, which will run concurrent to her other obligations in Wisconsin.

The 48th annual NIEA Convention & Tradeshow runs October 4 – 7, 2017, in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Jolene Bowman Bio Page

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Dr. Jolene Bowman, Ph.D. (Mohican/Munsee)

Key Scientific Staff for Bowman Performance Consulting, LLC

Dr. Jolene Bowman holds a Ph.D. from Cardinal Stritch University in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning & Service (2015). She also has a M.A. from Silver Lake College in Management & Organizational Behavior (2004) and a B.S. from Marian College of Fond Du Lac in Business Administration (1995). She has nearly 25 years of experience in elected tribal governance (2006-2010) and tribal leadership/program management within education, contracts, grants, and workforce development areas. As the Stockbridge-Munsee Director of Education, Employment, and Training (2006-present) and former tribal Contracts and Grants Manager (1995-2006), Dr. Bowman understands program accountability, monitoring, and reporting compliance aspects as well as the development, outreach, and strategic partnership and planning components of working with tribal communities. Her Ph.D. studies and current position at the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe reflect the expertise in higher education, student persistence, and improving the educational experiences and outcomes for tribal students attending public, private, and tribal colleges and universities that she brings to all BPC projects.

Check Out Dr. Jolene Bowman’s Article in The Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education!

Many Trails to Persistence: A Model for Stockbridge-Munsee and Other Native Students in Higher Education

By Jolene Bowman, Ph.D.

Educators at tribal colleges and non- Native institutions alike can benefit from culturally responsive teaching paradigms. The Mohican Many Trail Model is one such example (below).

many-trail-modelTo read the full article click here: http://www.tribalcollegejournal.org/archives/31440